The 2013 Labrador Winter Games are just a little more than six months away and planning is now in full swing.
Tourism, Culture and Recreation Minister Derrick Dalley and Nick McGrath, minister of intergovernmental and Aboriginal affairs and minister responsible for Labrador affairs, were at the Labrador City arena today to present a cheque for $500,000 in support of the event.
“The provincial government is proud to support the Labrador Winter Games, which focus on community pride and Labrador’s diverse cultures,” said Dalley. “It is great to see these games continue to promote the development of sport and recreation programs in Labrador communities, encourage and enhance co-operation and understanding among different cultures and revive participation in sports and activities associated with traditional lifestyles.”
The Labrador Winter Games are held every three years in Happy Valley-Goose Bay with more than 400 athletes representing as many as 30 Labrador communities to celebrate the sporting and cultural heritage of Labrador.
“I am pleased to see our government’s continued support for the Labrador Winter Games,” said McGrath. “These games are both unique and very special for Labradorians, bringing sport and culture together in a celebration of pride and tradition.”
The 2013 Labrador Winter Games will be held from March 3 to March 9.
Joe Goudie, chairman of the 2013 Labrador Winter Games board of directors, said the board is delighted to once again have the provincial government’s support.
“We look forward to making the games, first held 30 years ago, both enjoyable and memorable for all participants involved,” Goudie added.
The games support the goals and strategic directions of the province’s recreation and sport strategy, “Active, Healthy Newfoundland and Labrador.”